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Specter delivers death blow to labor union bill
The Hill ^ | 03/24/09 | Kevin Bogardus

Posted on 03/24/2009 4:13:09 PM PDT by radar101

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To: Anti-Bubba182

“Even in these times getting rid of the secret ballot is a hard sell.”

As it well should be. To be anti-secret ballot is un-American to me. I’m just glad the RINO saw the light for whatever reason. Now, if he would just become a true conservative on other issues....


51 posted on 03/24/2009 5:31:48 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: radar101
["It is an anguishing position but we play the cards we're dealt," Specter said Tuesday on the floor.]

What anquish? This should be a no-brainer. "Card Check" has no other purpose but blatant voter intimidation and cuts at the core of the franchise. Why not just assign a union goon to accompany each voter in the voting booth?

52 posted on 03/24/2009 5:33:47 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

If true, thank you Pat Toomey (and Rush Limbaugh)


53 posted on 03/24/2009 5:37:54 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: radar101
ARLEN SPHINCTER


54 posted on 03/24/2009 5:38:56 PM PDT by az.b1bbomberfxr
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To: radar101

Believe it when I see it.


55 posted on 03/24/2009 5:38:56 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to 0bama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: Tribune7

Great news Tribune7.


56 posted on 03/24/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: DAC21

57 posted on 03/24/2009 5:44:57 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: True Republican Patriot

“For ONCE, may GOD BLESS OUR Senator Sphincter!”

Maybe not. I just read this on Michelle Malkin’s site and it has Pat Toomey’s statement:

Says he would be willing to reconsider Card Check when economy improves and his requests to amend the National Labor Relations Act are approved.

Statement from Pat Toomey on Specter’s Conditional Reversal

“When Senator Specter does a flip flop, it’s worth checking the fine print. On the senate floor today he said: “I would be willing to reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns to normalcy.” In other words, if he thinks his political fortunes have improved, he will deny workers a secret ballot after all.” - Former Congressman Pat Toomey


58 posted on 03/24/2009 5:45:31 PM PDT by TxAnn56
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To: radar101

Maybe this means he knows Franken will be able to steal the election. Card check will still pass and he gets to appear like a Republican.


59 posted on 03/24/2009 5:49:23 PM PDT by BeckB
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday he will oppose card check, giving an apparent death blow to the most important congressional issue to organized labor. Specter made the dramatic announcement in a floor speech. His opposition means Democrats can count on a maximum of 59 votes to move the bill forward, one short of the 60 required to clear Senate rules. Winning 59 votes would require Democrat Al Franken to beat Republican Norm Coleman in the still-contested Minnesota Senate race. Democrats also would have to count on holding the rest of their votes, and several centrists have raised doubts about the bill.
Sure, just when my mood was improving, the phrase "Senator Al Franken" tiptoes in...
60 posted on 03/24/2009 5:54:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: radar101

EFCA was not going to pass anyhow.

Even though it had a lot of support in 07 and 08, everyone knew that President Bush was going to veto it. It was a free vote for the democrats.

This time, it would be for real- Obama is committed to sign it. Specter’s opposition gives the democrat leadership an excuse not to bring it up during this Congress and not to put some of their members between a rock and a hard place on whether to offend the unions or offend their constituents.

Senator Specter bailed out the Democrat leadership this time.


61 posted on 03/24/2009 5:56:49 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: radar101

Sometimes RINO is (R)ino first. I pray this is one of those times.


62 posted on 03/24/2009 6:00:01 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: radar101

The fact that this d#ckhead even had to THINK about it is reason enough to evict him from the party in 2010.


63 posted on 03/24/2009 6:05:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: radar101

The fact that SPECTRE even has to agonize over this vote proves what a pitiful RINO wanker he is. Glad for his “decision” but I can’t respect anyone who would deny the secret ballot to workers so that union thugs can intimidate everyone.


64 posted on 03/24/2009 6:06:09 PM PDT by Enchante (Of course I want Obama to "fail" in his effort to transform America into a socialist miasma)
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To: GeronL

The price wasn’t right...


65 posted on 03/24/2009 6:12:58 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: ReformationFan

If Specter was the vote that put this over he would be dead meat and he knows it. I do not think there was a higher motivation.


66 posted on 03/24/2009 6:17:55 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: LachlanMinnesota

“Well, of course I am,” Mr. Specter said when asked if he’s worried about the conservative backlash. “But (President) John Kennedy had it right. He said, ‘Sometimes the party asks too much.’ And this is something I think is necessary for the country. It goes beyond politics. It goes beyond the Democratic or Republican position. It’s the right thing for America.”

Mr. Specter said he would have supported the package even if Democrats had not added $6.5 billion in additional money for the National Institutes of Health to the final version of the bill.

Mr. Specter had sought the money for years, and had mentioned that he wanted the money in the bill when he met with President Barack Obama last week.

“That’s only one small part ... That’s not determinative in my mind,” he said.

The stimulus vote could create “a political problem,” he said, but “I thought the public interest was so important that I have to take whatever problems it brings me.”

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67 posted on 03/24/2009 6:20:12 PM PDT by maggief (The only transparency within this administration is the teleprompter.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I agree. But whatever his motivation was, I’m glad the Orwellian named “Free Choice Act” is dead, even if took a country club RINO looking out for his chances come next election time to do it.


68 posted on 03/24/2009 6:20:37 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ari-freedom

Let’s not celebrate just yet.

Some other RINO may bail out Obama or maybe the GOP is starting to see the public is on to the Kenyan-born marxist.


69 posted on 03/24/2009 6:20:41 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: radar101

give him a day or two, he’ll roll over


70 posted on 03/24/2009 6:22:10 PM PDT by edcoil (Spring has sprung, the grass is riz'd, I wonder where the flowers is?)
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To: Osage Orange
Is Franken expected to win?
71 posted on 03/24/2009 6:25:58 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
Stopped clock?

Snarlin' Sphincter is like a stopped clock in that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Just wrong the rest of the time.

73 posted on 03/24/2009 6:31:34 PM PDT by ME-262 (Stick it to the Man! - Down with Obama!)
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To: GeronL
"“If so, the decisive vote would be mine,” said Specter"

That is the key. He knows he will lose 2010 if he is the decisive vote. He's just saving his own a&*.

74 posted on 03/24/2009 6:36:51 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Who Is John Galt?)
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To: radar101

Franken’s vote???


75 posted on 03/24/2009 6:42:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to 0bama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: cajungirl
What is going on in MInnesota? Is Franken ahead or something? I haven’t read anything about it lately.

Here's what I've heard. Colman is behind by 225 officially. Because they know it favors them and they are dishonest, judges in rat controlled counties attempt to enforce loose standards on absentee ballots. They don't cross check anything before separating the ballot from the envelope. They want the body cremated as soon as possible.

The non-rat counties followed the letter of the law and, as always, excluded a number of ballots on technicalities, like the address of the witness being in the wrong precinct. The votes the rat counties decided to allow were opened and fed into the general vote population. They can't be undone.

Coleman is arguing that, per Bush vs. the loony nut case, this is a violation of equal protection and the only remedy is to count all the excluded votes in Republican counties that would have passed in the most corrupt precincts of St. Louis county. They claim they're are enough of them to make the difference.

76 posted on 03/24/2009 6:48:51 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: radar101

I will not believe it until this socialist piece of legislation is defeated. It would be nice if he really does vote against it, but I’m skeptical. We can’t trust him! He has to go!!


77 posted on 03/24/2009 6:50:15 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: radar101

Harry “The Body” Reid needs to demand that Franken be allowed to vote on this important piece of legislation.


78 posted on 03/24/2009 7:15:02 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I’d be dancing on the tables voting against card check!

I got a roll of tens just in case that comes to fruition dear.

79 posted on 03/24/2009 7:31:18 PM PDT by wardaddy (America, Ship of Fools)
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To: radar101

The union thugs are a bunch of wimps and pansies, depending on the government to do something they cannot do on their own.

We shouldn’t bitch too much, I guess. They are just following the liberal playbook.


80 posted on 03/24/2009 8:09:51 PM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
A RINO comes in handy occasionally.

It would sure come in handy once in a while to have Coleman seated, rather than the tax-cheating pornographer.
81 posted on 03/24/2009 8:19:37 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Specter knows this vote could be the difference between his re-election bid next year.

nah...snarlin Arlen is milking the Dems. He knows his days as a Repub Senator are numbered, he is either going Indy or Dem. Either way he will caucus with the Dems and ultimately support this bill.

82 posted on 03/24/2009 8:36:42 PM PDT by JrsyJack (ct)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Arlen, I hope the PA electorate thanks you by allowing you plenty of time with your family.

His family probably hates him.

83 posted on 03/24/2009 8:40:26 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: cartoonistx

He just makes you want to beat him with seal club.


84 posted on 03/24/2009 8:45:48 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: cartoonistx

He just makes you want to beat him with a seal club.


85 posted on 03/24/2009 8:47:05 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Ditter
Is Franken expected to win?

I think they're still "finding" Franken ballots.

86 posted on 03/24/2009 8:48:37 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Earthdweller

Trivial issue now that Spector has already voted to bring economic and political slavery to the US. He is a despicable and selfish human being.
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AMEN! Too little, too late Specter.


87 posted on 03/24/2009 8:49:41 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: radar101

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been glad Arlen Specter did something.

The ol’ dipstick might have just saved the Republic.


88 posted on 03/24/2009 8:50:48 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("[Palin] has not even lived in the Lower 48 since 1987. Come on! Really!" --Polybius)
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To: radar101

He only rejected it because there is no precedent in Scottish law.


89 posted on 03/24/2009 8:52:45 PM PDT by Reo
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To: wardaddy

Haha..... uh, you weren’t supposed to take me up on that. lol


90 posted on 03/24/2009 9:16:49 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Serkit 3/19/09 "Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank")
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To: radar101

Arlen? Voting with the Republicans?

We trully are in the End Times.


91 posted on 03/24/2009 9:19:57 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Obama Speeches--TeleprompterInChief--TIC Talk)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Any other Pennsylvanians ‘giddy’ with excitement to listen to Bobby Casey drone on about Card Check as it is important for Pennsylvania? Anyone? I don’t see Fast Eddie carrying the Bamster’s water on this one. Nope, they are gonna hand Card Check (IMO) over to the silver tongued Casey.

FWIW, the George McGovern ads AGAINST Card Check have run pretty heavily here in PA.


92 posted on 03/24/2009 9:27:12 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Obama Speeches--TeleprompterInChief--TIC Talk)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I thought there was going to be a re vote.


93 posted on 03/24/2009 10:18:57 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Melchior
Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce could be used.

No dice.

Try the Ad Council.

94 posted on 03/25/2009 12:23:48 AM PDT by HKMk23 (forget hope. got change?)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He’s dead meat anyway. It’s the democrats and the unions in Philly that keep this preeko in office. If it wasn’t, Pat Toomey would be our senator.
Maybe he has decided not to run after all because he can’t get elected without the unions OR the lefty dems in Philly.
I wish Philadelphia would become part of New Jersey. It’s a whole different world from Western PA.


95 posted on 03/25/2009 12:29:59 AM PDT by MestaMachine (From Cogs to Castles...)
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To: radar101

WTF is wrong with these “supporters” those opposed to the “Anti-Secret Ballot” bill?

Why don’t they call it what it is? Are they idiots, or are they collaborators?

Call it what it is: the “NO Secret ballot regarding Union thugs taking money out of my paycheck” Bill.


96 posted on 03/25/2009 12:32:33 AM PDT by Don W (People who think are a threat to socialism)
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To: radar101

Specter could still cave later, especially if Bozo gets seated from Minnesota. Then he can say he voted for it and voted against it depending on which group he’s pandering to at the moment.


97 posted on 03/25/2009 12:56:40 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: radar101

When this out of control Congress finally faces the people who’s lives they have ruined, there WILL be hell to pay.

Spector may just be recalling the nurenburg trials. He would not even be able to say I was just following orders. A voter rebellion could put Adults back in charge some day in the very near future.

At a certain point even a stupid shark begins to understand that the feeding frenzy may not last forever and exiting before getting a chunk bitten out of one’s rear may be the wisest course of action.


98 posted on 03/25/2009 1:35:00 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: GeronL
No, Specter's in deep trouble with the Pennsylvania GOP, and is trying to save his sorry hide.

Specter trying to change rules to make GOP Senate race an open primary

99 posted on 03/25/2009 3:30:28 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: True Republican Patriot; All

See my post #99


100 posted on 03/25/2009 3:32:32 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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